November 15, 2010

Big man is in

The path back to Stillwater has been long and winding, but four-star power forward Karron Johnson has officially re-signed with Oklahoma State.

Again.

After initially not signing his National Letter-of-Intent last week, Johnson was officially announced as a signee late this afternoon by OSU media relations. It's his second go-round with the Cowboys and head coach Travis Ford. Johnson signed with OSU in November 2008, but ended up at Moberly (MO) Area Community College. From there, he moved on to Midland College in Midland, TX.

"Playing for Midland College and (head coach) Ross Hodge will get Karron prepared for this level," said OSU associate head coach Butch Pierre, the primary recruiter for Johnson. "They have a regimented training program and they're the No. 1 ranked junior college team in the nation. There's a reason for that. Going through that program is going to help him develop some good habits. He already has the tools to be able to step in right away and help this program as it heads in the right direction."

Bret Swanson of JucoJunction.com has Johnson ranked as the top junior college player in the country for the 2010-11 signing class.

Paired with five-star LeBryan Nash, the Cowboys have the 10th-ranked recruiting class in the nation by Rivals.com.

Since Johnson signed with OSU the first time around, his re-recruitment has been all over the map, but that ended today with his signing becoming official.

"Karron has been working hard to get to the Division I level," said OSU associate head coach Butch Pierre, the primary recruiter for Johnson. "He will be able to bring us some rebounding and athleticism in a player that can be a major impact for our program from day one. He will be a huge complement to LeBryan Nash."

In 2009, Rivals ranked 14th-best power forward and 45th-overall high school prospect in the 2009 class.


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